Lamborghini has unveiled the last member of the Aventador family, the Aventador SVJ at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in California. A special edition, named SVJ 63, was exclusively unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The design of the SVJ is all about aerodynamic supremacy. Compared to the SV, the downforce is up by 40% on both axles with an improved drag coefficient of -1%.
Lamborghini says that the upper body aerodynamic optimization has contributed 70% to the total downforce improvement in the SVJ over the SV. An improved underbody aero design with vortex generators works in conjunction with front diffusers and a new, extreme-design rear diffuser, together with divergent fins, contributes 30% to the total downforce improvement.
The ‘Y’ theme has been given more prominence here in the SVJ, and my personal favourite is the one on the engine cover which resembles a jet fighter.
The car features Lamborghini’s patented Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA 2.0) which includes the rear wing made from carbon fibre. The side winglets are to reduce turbulence.
The ALA has electronically-actuated motors to open or close the active flaps in the front splitter and on the engine bonnet that steer the air-flow, front and rear. Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva 2.0 (LDVA 2.0) with improved inertial sensors govern all the car’s electronic systems in real time, and the ALA system flaps are activated in less than 500 milliseconds.
The aero vectoring technology in the SVJ has been further developed to improve the aero-loading effects on the inner wheel by 30% compared to the original system, Lamborghini said.
The suspension has been tweaked as well and the anti-roll bar stiffness has been improved by 50% compared to the SV. The damping force has been increased by 15% over the SV, and Lamborghini’s Magneto Rheological Suspension (LMS) has been recalibrated to improve body and wheel control with a focus on track performance.
The cockpit retains the three driving modes – Strada, Sport and Corsa, as well as the EGO option. Live status of the ALA system can be seen in the digital instrument cluster. The Navigation System and Infotainment System including Apple CarPlay come as an option, free of charge. Options list includes telemetry system.
The naturally aspirated V12 has been tuned to deliver 770 hp (566 kW) at 8,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. The 7-speed Independent Shifting Road (ISR) gearbox has been calibrated for the increased output.
Lamborghini said that the four-wheel drive system has improved torque split to maximize traction and agility, and a further 3% of torque is sent to the rear axle compared to the SV.
The rear-wheel steering is present here too. ESC has been enhanced for improved cornering in extreme handling conditions, and ABS has been specifically tuned for the improved grip provided by the tires and ALA system.
Speaking of tyres, the Pirelli P Zero Corsa have been developed as per Lamborghini’s briefing. Optional street-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires can be mounted specifically for the track use.
A dry weight of 1,525 kg gives the SVJ a power-to-weight ratio of 1.98 kg/hp. Acceleration from standing to 100 km/h happens in 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.6 seconds. A top speed of more than 350 km/h is complemented by a braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 30 meters.
Which then brings us to the final bits then. The SVJ is limited to 900 units. The special edition SVJ 63 alludes to Lamborghini’s founding year of 1963, and gets an additional dose of carbon fibre, and is limited to 63 units.
And yes, the obligatory Nurburgring lap time is 6:44.97 minutes. Priced at €349,116 excluding taxes. Deliveries begin in 2019.